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Forest Whitaker to Star as Louis Armstrong in Major Film

A forthcoming Louis Armstrong biopic will star Forest Whitaker as the revered Satchmo. Whitaker will also direct the film, titled What a Wonderful World after one of Armstrong’s most popular songs. The film is the first major motion picture biography of Armstrong to be authorized by his estate.

According to an article on Variety‘s Web site, What a Wonderful World, which begins shooting this summer in Louisiana, is being produced by Alain Goldman and Edward R. Pressman for the Paris-based Legende, the company behind La Vie en Rose. The script is being written by Ron Bass and the executive producer is Oscar Cohen, executive of the Armstrong estate and the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.

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